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 Peak(s):  Meeker, Mt  -  13,911 feet
Meeker Ridge  -  13,860 feet
 Post Date:  09/27/2013
 Date Climbed:   08/29/2013
 Posted By:  strudolyubov

 Mount Meeker and Meeker Ridge via Loft Direct   

Route: Mount Meeker and Meeker Ridge via Loft Direct
Date: Aug. 29, 2013
Trip Length: 11.3 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft.
Climbers: strudolyubov

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Route Map


The Loft Direct

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Morning light on Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.


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Grassy meadows above Columbine Falls. The route goes up the talus field in the center and turns right (SW).


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Looking up the route. The Flying Buttress on Mt. Meeker is seen on the left and the Ships Prow is on the right.


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A composite view of the Ships Prow. The Loft is a broad saddle in the left.


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The Flying Buttress on Mt. Meeker, a home of RMNP classic alpine route.


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Approaching the Loft headwall.


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The North Face of Mt. Meeker with the Flying Buttress seen in the background.


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Looking down towards Mills Moraine trail junction.


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At the base of the Loft headwall. The standard ramp route turns left here. The Loft Direct ascends the buttress in the center of the image.


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The route up the headwall. It follows a system of grassy ledges with short sections of Class 5.0-5.4 climbing between them.


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Lots of possible variations. Pick your line.


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A nice corner/crack system.


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Looking down from half-way up the headwall.


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Looking along the North Face of Mt. Meeker. The standard route ramp is seen running up diagonally from the lower left corner.


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Another nice crack system close to the top of the headwall.


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View from the top of the Loft headwall.


Mount Meeker - Meeker Ridge Traverse

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South-to-northwest panoramic view from the summit of Mt. Meeker.


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The summit of Mt. Meeker.


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Mt. Meeker: looking toward Meeker Ridge high point.


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Traversing the "Knife Edge".


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The "Knife Edge": looking back at Mt. Meeker.


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Meeker Ridge summit panorama.


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Looking down the Northeast Ridge.


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Descending the Northeast Ridge route, view towards Longs Peak.


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Looking down the "Iron Gates" gully.


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Looking down the descent gully, the next one down the ridge from the "Iron Gates".


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The East Face of Longs Peak, The Loft, The Ships Prow and Chasm Lake seen on the descent.


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Chasm Lake and the Diamond.


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Another view of Chasm Lake and the Diamond.



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
Aardvark


Very Nice Pictures     2013-09-30 11:03:44
Thanks for posting.


Marmot72


What a day     2013-10-02 16:16:53
Beautiful photos - such a clear day in a spectacular place. Looks like a fun route.



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